Public service

Maderan receives state recognition in the civil service

For the Madera Tribune

Nick Salinas Madera County Chief of Staff to Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Robert Poythress, second from right, receives his senior staff credential from the California State Association of Counties California County earlier this month. This is the highest educational milestone one can earn from CSAC.

Madera County District #3 Chief of Staff Nick Salinas has been recognized by the California State Counties Association (CSAC) by receiving his California County Executive Diploma.

The degree is earned by completing a rigorous 80-hour course, focusing on leadership in local government. This is the highest educational step one can earn from the CSAC.

Salinas began his professional career at Wells Fargo Bank in Madera. During his tenure, he discovered a passion for public service through his involvement with the Madera Downtown Association, Madera Chamber of Commerce and Sunrise Rotary.

In 2015, he accepted a position with the City of Madera Redevelopment Agency headed by Jim Taubert. In 2019, he accepted his current role as Madera County Chief of Staff to Madera County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Poythress. Currently, Salinas is leading the charge in various ongoing initiatives including; homelessness, affordable housing, state subsidy advocacy, transportation and is part of the public information team.

Salinas currently serves on the Madera County Homeless Alliance, Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District, Central Valley Opportunity Center, Madera Downtown Association, Madera County Courthouse Park Restoration Committee, Madera Noon Rotary, Chair of Old Timers’ Day Parade, and is the Acting Director of the Madera County Arts Authority.

He is also currently working toward his Masters in Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino. Recently, CSAC partnered with CSUSB to offer its first-ever MPA Cohort Program exclusively to senior county government leaders.

“I’m not sure what my future holds, but I’m just looking to position myself as best I can to meet any need that arises in our community,” Salinas said.

Salinas shared that her greatest accomplishment is her family. He gives a lot of accreditation to his wife of six years, Courtney, who takes care of their family during the early mornings and long nights. Salinas shared that he enjoys weekend vacations with his family, golfing, barbecuing, and entertaining family and friends.